Originally posted by BigRon:
Of the three major sports, The NFL has the shortest schedule and shortest postseason. I am all for lengthening the season. 2 games each against your division rivals. 1 game each against the conference. 0 games against the other conference. 3 Divsions per conference. 3 Winners, 5 next best records in the Playoffs. Using this kind of format, No sub .500 records in the playoffs are almost a guarantee.
i think 4 divisions. otherwise you would have 2 divisions wiht 5 teams and 1 with 6. or you could just say no divisions you play every team in your conference once, best records move on. and with 1 less game you can lengthen the playoffsor increase the teams that make it.
i would not mind seeing a soccer playoff like setup. aggregate score, similar to how they solve ties now. score head to head from 2 games.
8 teams make it.
team 1 plays team 2 twice. T1 loses away game (35-34) but wins home game (36-34) T1 wins 70-69. if it ends in a tie, you go to normal overtime rules right then because T1 had home field advantage.
you could do it all the way up to the SB and the team still plays 22 games. but the SB being a neutral site it is only 1 game.
also that 2nd game could get very interesting game-planning wise. and will also reward teams that make the playoffs with added stadium revenue, and the fans get to see their team in the playoffs, in person.